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! next. >> leader pelosi -- >> i guess -- >> whoa! >> you always ask that question except to mitch mcconnell. >> oh, mitch mcconnell, the senate minority leader is 70 years old. nancy pelosi is 72. in the world of politics, age is kind of a skewed concept. average age of members of the house is 56. and of senators it's 62. i mean, paul ryan is thought of as a young gun. he's 42. that's eight years shy of being a card-carrying member of the aarp. ronald reagan was 69 when he first ran for president. many worried he was too old for the job until his famous quip during a debate. >> i will not make age an issue of this campaign. i am not going to exploit, for political purposes, my opponent's youth and inexperience. >> yes, reagan used age to his advantage. but seriously, how old is too old? remember senator strom thurman who commuted from walter reed to the capitol at the age of 100? his aides had to vote for him. of course, this argument isn't limited to the world of politics. ageism rages in the role world, too. how often have you heard those under 30 grumbling about those old guys sucking up
. but no such evolution on the issue of o taxes. both boehner and mitch mcconnell said taxes will not go up, period. >> think you're missing the second part of the sentence which is they're willing to consider new revenue. there are lots of ways, excuse the expression, to skin a cat. i thought john boehner was emphatic when he said they're willing to open it with the right framework. thing this is a two-step deal. i think it's too ambitious with too little time to get to the grand bargaining, the so-called lame duck session of the continuation. but i think you can scrape together enough to avoid sigh kwenltd strain. remember, they have to come up with only about $100 bill to set that aside. between spending cuts and loophol loopholes, i think you have to raise that. >> onpodesta, does the magts work, though, which is if you close produkz for the wealthy people, can you raise enough revenue? >> i think that's the fund mental question. >> well, i thnk the -- you know, this baurng the really contentious issue in the campaign. i think the only way do that is to take enough of a bite out of the plan. >>
they tell me, ali, i had a discussion with mitch mcconnell on this, he said we're willing to put the high revenues on the table. we're willing to get -- close the loopholes and the tax system, get rid of a lot of the carveouts. and a lot of those carveouts the people who benefit from those are rich people. i think republicans are willing to compromise on this. i have to say this. i'm frustrated with all of you on this because, yes, we have a fiscal cliff that's going to hit on january. but let's not forget the whole context of this. we are running $1.2 trf did he ever sits. >> david walker is banging on this drum as well. >> the key is we have to avoid the fiscal cliff. we also have to address the much bigger fiscal abyss. those are the large and growing structural deficits due to known demographic trends, rising health care cost and outdated tax system. here's got news. the people are way ahead of the politicians. i just came back from a 34-day, 10,000-mile tour. we got 77% support for a range of reforms dealing with spending, social insurance programs and taxes. 85% believe it's going t
raising tax rates and some don't. >> spoke with the minority leader in the senate mitch mcconnell and he said we're willing to fix the tax rate, close the loopholes but i don't think they will bargain on raising the rates. i think they honestly believe and i agree that raising tax rates on capital gains will hurt the economy. but there's another side which is the spending side and there are some republicans who say look if the democrats and president obama won't negotiate well let's just do these automatic across the board spending cuts may be the only way we can get democrats to cut the budget. >> some out there in the financial markets they say look we need to cut four times more than the president is proposing under his $4 trillion plan. i'm curious your take why the president has been silent. i guess this is strategic. boehner gave an interview a press conference. he's giving a press conference tomorrow. earlier cnn was told the president won't say anything but tonight we heard he'll make a statement tomorrow. >> the election was two days ago. today is thursday. he'll make a statemen
of taxes. both boehner and mitch mcconnell said taxes will simply not go up, period. >> bu i think you're missing the second part of the sentence which is they're willing to consider new revenue. there are lots of ways, in that old expression, to skin a cat. i thought john boehner the other day was quite emphatic in saying we are open to new revenues under the right framework. dave gergen is absolutely correct. i think this is a two-step deal. i think it's too ambitious with too little time to get to the grand bargain in the so-called lame duck session of the congress. but i think you can scrape together enough to avoid sequestration and avoid the fiscal cliff or fiscal slope. remember, they have to come up with only about $100 billion. i know that sounds weird. but $100 billion to set that aside. between spending cuts and perhaps some loophole closures i think they can raise it. but you can't confuse that with a long-term deal. >> john podesta, does the math work, though, which is if you close deductions for the wealthy people can you raise enough revenue? i think that's the fundament
the republicans take the attitude well, we tried to get him the last time, we are going to be intransigent, mitch mcconnell's first statement after the election of president obama was clear was not a very conciliatory statement. >> see, i don't think that the american public are going to wear any more of this from the republicans. it's not just their fault. the democrats have been just as much to blame in terms of poor negotiation but there comes a point when the republicans have been rejected, they have lost this election and they have to face their own demons. governor, unless i'm wrong here, you guys have the upper hand now, don't you? and you can do exactly what dan said. you can shove the foot, the size 9s, straight on the adam's apple and say we are getting stuff done for the benefit of america and if you stop us, we are going to make it clear you've done that against the interests of your country. >> well, i think some of that is right, piers. i would put it a little bit differently. i agree with both you and dan in terms of democrats generally and the president in particular having levera
, the business community and friday, there's a meeting with harry reid, mitch mcconnell, house speaker john boehner and minority leader nancy pelosi. so, will we get a deal? one man getting a lot of attention is erskine bowles. who along with alan simpson created the simpson-bowles plan on deficit reduction. i have to start by asking you, did you ever think your name would be part of pop culture? you are the bowles in simpson bowles. >> better be simpson bowles than bowles simpson since everybody knows him by his initials here in washington. >> so, when you talk about things, sacred cows, untouchables, whatever the word might be, in your proposal, the one paul ryan decided not to back, the one barack obama decided not to back, you had an increase in the federal gasoline tax. caps on mortgage interest. charitable donations and retirement contributions. these were all tough choices you made. you also increased the eligibility age for medicare and social security. reduced benefits for wealthier seniors. some of those things i've heard democrats and republicans say they agree on, others they lo
and spending gets slashed. today, the rhetoric was ratch ratcheted up another notch as mitch mcconnell slammed the president's plan. >> an opening bid of $1.6 trillion in new taxes just isn't serious. it's more than simpson bowles or more than any other commission has called for. it's twice as much as the white house seemed ready to agree to during last summer's debt ceiling talks. a joke. >> dick durbin joins me now. good to see you. it's a joke. what do you think? >>. >> i think senator mcconnell needs to take another look at the report. i severed on that commission. a reduction of $4 trillion came from revenue. it was in the range of $1.6 trillion. >> you talk about 1.6 trillion. there's ways to get there in ways that don't necessarily raise tax rates. you could cap deductions at $35,000 and have the estate tax go back to where it was and get $1.3 million. i'm simply making the point there's a loft ways to get there that don't involve raising tax rates. is that a compromise you'd ever consider? >> you're right, but i think what the president's trying to say is is let's protect working famil
't even pass the house. >> on brightbart.com, mitch mcconnell piled on. i know some people out there think tuesday's results mean republicans in washington are now going to roll over and agree to democrat demands that we hike taxes before the end of the year. i'm here to tell them that there is no truth to that notion whatsoever, end quote. president obama campaigned on raising taxes of the wealthiest americans. his favorite line, we must all pay or faur shair share, even t taxing the wealthy won't solve the debt crisis. what does this all mean? we take our cue from "the prois price is right." that's right. because of this tire d argument we could fall off the much talked about fiscal cliff. we're waiting. cop on, mr. yodeler. we should have started this sooner. you get the picture. talk back today, should obama or republicans blink on taxes? facebook.com/carolcnn. facebook.com/carolcnn. your responses later this hour. >>> the ballots in florida not all counted yet. some of the races are coming down to the wire. will this act of florida's election history go so very wrong? the potential of
and both political parties to meet with him at the white house next friday. senators harry reid, mitch mcconnell, and speaker boehner and congresswoman nancy pelosi will be there. this afternoon, we heard the president say just about two hours ago, that he is open to compromise. he's open to new ideas received by a standing ovation walking in the room there. there is one point the president is sticking to. higher taxes for people making higher incomes. >> i refuse to accept any approach that isn't balanced. i'm not going to ask student and seniors and middle-class families to pay down the entire deficit while people like me making over $250,000 aren't asked to pay a dime more in taxes. >> just about two hours before we saw the president, we saw this man, republican house speaker john boehner, he said, quote, everything on the revenue side and the spending side has to be looked at, end quote. when it comes to specifics, speaker boehner put the ball firmly in the president's court. >> i don't want to box myself in. i don't want to box anyone else in. i think it is important for us to come to an ag
reid and senator minority leader mitch mcconnell and nancy pelosi not surprising here. what's the expectation? >> well, you know, we'll see. publicly, suzanne, there has been a much more consillatory tone that we've seen since the election, whether it's from the president or the house speaker john boehner, but i can tell you in talking to sources privately on both sides of the aisle, they admit that it's all about positioning and posturing to make sure at the end of the day if we do go off the fiscal cliff that they're not blamed for it. they're the ones who looked reasonable, not unreasonable, and they're preparing for the other side to blame them for the opposite, if that makes sense. that's a lot of what you are saying in public. the reality is that neither side has a really clear machine date or clear vote and no one wants to look at the end of the day like they never gave compromise a chance. listen to republican bob corker, though, because there does seem to be a little bit of a crack on the republican side on whether or not it's okay to raise some taxes. >> i think th
with members of congress. we saw him already reach out by phone to john boehner, to mitch mcconnell, also to leadership in the democratic party. so we'll see if this promise of bipartisanship will last beyond just a couple of days. >> dan lothian for us this morning. thank you, dan. let's get right to john berman with a lack at some of the other stories making news today. good morning. >> good morning, soledad. cnn is projecting that ann kirkpatrick will return to congress. she barely beat republican challenger, jonathan payton. yet several house races are still up for grabs across the country this morning. in palm springs, california, republican mary bono mack, she's not giving up. she trailed democrat raul luis with all precincts reporting, but she says a large number of ballots have yet to be reported. mack's husband, connie mack, lost his bid in florida to bill nelson. in another tight race, alan west is not conceding defeat. he's demanding a partial recount in his re-election bid against democratic challenger patrick murphy. right now murphy has a very slim lead of less than 2,100 vo
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. we now know who's been invited. it is not surprising, harry reid, mitch mcconnell, house speaker john boehner and house minority leader nancy pelosi. >>> the husband of gabrielle giffords says their long-term plan is to move forward and try not to look back at the day that giffords was shot. on january 8, 2011, loughner opened fire at a rally for gabrielle giffords. he shot her in the head at point-blank range. 12 others were wounded and six killed. yesterday a judge sentenced loughner to life in prison without the possible of parole. gabrielle giffords sat through the sentencing with her husband mark kelly by her side. kelly talked to our piers morgan about what it was like to be in that courtroom. >> it was certainly a little stressful. it was tense. especially when he walked in the room. when he responded to the judge. after a while i got to settle down a bit but just sitting there for all of the other victim impact statements is really a tough thing. you know, gabby said afterwards for her the biggest emotion was just sadness to hear story after story of what the impact of this ho
, steve. look, both speaker boehner and mitch mcconnell, the minority leader, said in the last few days we're willing to put tax revenue increases on the table. that's a big kmie on republicans that have been staunchly anti-tax in the past. this is a situation where you have to meet in the middle. two years ago we did get a deal where we extended the tax cuts but president obama said the economy is too weak for a tax increase. what's different today than two years ago. the economy is weaker today than when president obama did this in 2010? >> i think we can certainly talk about when all of these deficit reduction measures took effect because the economy is so week. but we cannot, as you just said, sustain trillion dollar deficits. we now have a lever, a cliff, whatever you want. we have an almost unique moment in time where congress has to do something. i think if we let this moment pass without having meaningful deficit reduction, a year from now or not, i'm open to discussing that. >> we're out of time, but very quickly to you steve moore, i have no doubt personally with the president an
but democrats as well, the president reaching out to speaker boehner by phone and mitch mcconnell in the senate and to democratic leadership. the president telling them that he is committed to finding a bipartisan solution to some of the tough problems, such as cutting taxes for middle class americans, creating jobs. what's unclear at this point is what else will the president do beyond making phone calls? will he be invoighting the leadership here to the wit house? will they be having retreats elsewhere? what is cloer is already up on capitol hill the loweredship is talking about getting things done. >> by working together and creating a fairer, simpler, cleaner tax code we can give our country a stronger, healthier economy. a stronger economy means more revenue, which is what the president seeks. >> this isn't something that i'm going to draw the lines any lines in the sand. he isn't going to draw any lines in the sand, i don't believe. we need to work together. >> the president said he believes the message that the americans sent in the election is that they want members of congress, both pa
with john boehner, the senate republican leader mitch mcconnell. is he planning on sitting down with those two republican leaders any time soon? is the white house saying? >> reporter: there's nothing announced for a leaders meeting so far. but i am certain, wolf, that that will be coming because there's such important negotiations ahead. i'm told that the president's conversation with speaker boehner was courteous, it was brief. and i'm told that they also discussed the importance of keeping their public statements vague or general enough so that they leave themselves enough private negotiating room to get a deal done to avoid the fiscal cliff, wolf. >> that's probably smart too. thanks very much for that, jessica. let's dig a little bit deeper right now with our chief political analyst gloria borger. isn't his responsibility right now though to take the first step, offer a proposal to boehner, to mcconnell, to the republicans? we assume that the democrats, nancy pelosi would go along and harry reid would go along with the president. >> well, i think as jessica's saying, the president bel
that are relevant. because mitt romney's no longer relevant. go to john boehner, go to mitch mcconnell and say let's promote these policies that help poor people that help the middle class that promote jobs. that's what the president's been trying to do. that's what he's calling for in saying that the wealthy should pay their fair share. it'd be nice of some of these moderate thinkers or new thinkers like jindal actually held the republicans who are in power to task a little more instead of kicking the last guy down the road. >> you tweeted this, ana navarro, livid at romney saying obama won because offered minorities "gifts." as if he didn't alienate hispanics enough wliel running. look in mirror, mitt. >> i'm very upset about the comments mitt romney made. it shows him having sour grapes. that's not a great exit for a man who just lost. you need to look at yourself, the campaign. go and look at the film. how did you run your campaign towards hispanic, african-americans? are you satisfied with what you did? does it correlate with the amount you got? also, it's frankly offensive. i can tell you as
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